I've shared no lies or hypocrisy with you; there's a vast difference between these and sharing one's feelings on what is best for the community or what they think is morally right and wrong. If you cannot see the difference between these and feel that any dissension is only on the grounds of attacking your person, then I think you are looking for a fight where one was not intended or there is some hint of truth to my comments and a need for defense against them.
I considered systematically answering each of your points, but this will be my last post in this thread and I'd like to leave you with one consideration: Are WoTC employee's allowed to compete in tournament magic? No. This is obviously on a grander scale, because the money being talked about can be hundreds of thousands of dollars, but that is a difference of scale and not ethics; the ethical question is can someone who is already recieving monetary compensation and possessing greater inside information for a specific thing or event, also compete in said specific thing or event for greater monetary compensation. We're talking infentesimals here, like a swing of 1-5tix or maybe none if you go X-2, but the ethical question still remains and the answer would be no, the individual in this situation should not have a conflict of interest inherent in the nature of their arrangement, no matter how formal or informal; this is practiced in most business because like it or not if you're recieving money or giving money that is business.
The more saliant point is; I want the format to survive and even thrive, so if you're the gentlemen that has and will continue to enable that because I'm busy with life responsibilities right now, and the price is a smaller prize pool, then I can live with that eventhough I don't agree. However, I also understand that whatever these bile filled, back and forth arguements are, are also not the way to show a strong community and grow it. I've not lied to you and only given to you on numerous occasions, with no expectations in return, and for that I'm called a hypocrite and liar...I have done what I've done, in some cases from a position of generousity, and in other cases due to it being what I considered to be the most ethical (ie not keeping prizes as a paid host). None of what I've done has been intended to be selfserving, if it was it surely failed, because it's obviously led to strife and confusion, and come often at greater inconvenience to myself.
I wish you the best in perserving the community and hope that at some point you can see, I was trying to offer perspective, as you once said long ago, alot of folks won't talk up in forum, and I know I'm not the only one that feels a bit wrong about having a paid host with no non-compete clause and with no disclosure of that fact. I understand others don't share that information, but that doesn't make it correct.
To the community,
Good luck guys and keep playing 100c it's the best format in this great game!
I hope that all those who opposed the host's prize structure think it was worth the devastation they have unleashed on the format.
Sad thing is that it wasn't even an abnormal situation, as most hosts take a prize component in PRE events.
Regarding those who unleashed this devastation upon the format (predominantly stsung because it was stsung who went on a rampage to other TOs, not Lowman who did not encourage stsung to go about things like she did), I hope she is enjoying sitting in her Ivory Tower watching the world burn.
To ML Berlin, I say thank you Michael for all the many years you have supported us by hosting. The prize support you earned is not nearly enough to compensate you for all time, stress and headaches you suffered. It was a token of our appreciation, a few beers we would buy you in a pub if we met you in real life.
To Lowman I say thank you Kyle for hosting for us during the last year and for your passion for the format. I hope that a new spring will come whereby your work and other commitments will allow this to happen again.
To MTGOCardmarket, I want to thank you Oscar for your generosity towards us, week in week out. Your kindness to us and support of the format was always appreciated.
If you're going to end the whole event, then reload me as host, think you took me off, I'm busy, but I will run it. I'm not going to let it die. Thanks.
In other news, 1v1 Commander leagues and Q's are dying off, SpencerBot15 a diehard singleton player, but a lover of eV, is starting a movement on Reddit to petition WoTC for changing the format to 100c, using our current ban list as an example. Who knows how that will end up, but if you're interested follow on Discord or Reddit.
Despite some last minute gyrations, we got the CSM off without issue. Thanks to all the players who made it out, and if you didn't please come out next week.
Congrats to RobZdar on his win with Fish, and Spencerbot15, Maluc, and GoldenLin on their X-1 finishes. All X-1 finishes will be awarded 5.3 tix from our sponser on the MTGOCardMarket bot on MTGO. Rob, you got your prize from me.
Also, congrats to Yokai on winning the door prize, please catchup with me man, you went afk when the finals started and I didn't get a chance to give you your prize, but anytime I'm on hit me up and I'll get you. Sorry for not being able to provide it when you hit me up a few hours later I was in the middle of recording a cube draft at the time. Either way, your prize is waiting.
Thanks again guys, and I'll play catchup on making trophies and what not if folks care about flare on Gatherling.
100 card is still going strong, hope for folks that don't partake in the discord, they'll try to make the jump over as I try to circle around and make notifications here as well but a lot of the dialogue happens there first:
It is sad to see the Chainsaw Massacre fade (as s100 is the best format in my opinion). We were the last small group in the world who were able to enjoy and play this format.
I want to thank all who contributed to the chainsaw experience during the last many years (especially the hosts and the sponsor), and I will keep on watch in case this event ever rises again like a Phoenix.
Hello Folks, don't know if anyone still haunts this space or not,
I apologize for the drop in the Chainsaw Massacre. I experienced a significant and unexpected family loss. I'm sorry for the lack of communication to you all, and I apologize if it came or comes as a disrespect to any of you; it was not so intended. I haven't been around MTGO or any of my MTGO based communications platforms for some months, and likely, due to recent personal events, will not be for the foreseeable future. I'm unfortunately not in a position to carry on running the event; although I love you all and love the format, I think I'm going to be on a spell slinging hiatus for sometime, but hopefully not forever.
I do wish you all the best, and would be honored one day to pick up some cards digital or otherwise and sit across from any of you centurions. Thanks guys and sorry for letting you down, ML you most of all because of your long standing efforts to keep the format alive and your love of it--it's tough to gauge sincerity in written word, especially with the drivel that's available in the wide medium of the internet, but I hope you know I mean that brother (ML), we've butted heads and see things differently pretty often, but at least on my behalf we part as friends and you have my kind regard, with hope that upon our next meeting we can greet each other on friendly terms.
We are sorry to hear about your family loss, and hope you can pass through that period in due time. Thoughts are with you.
I appreciate all the tremendous support you have given to the format during the last years, and I hope to duel you in future if we meet again online.
The format fell down not because of malicious intentions or laziness on anyone's behalf, it was all paved with good intentions but our small community has very different opinions on things.
It is sad because we were the last tiny bastion of an online community that preserved this s100 format. We battled on against WotC's lack of support for the format when they took away s100 tournaments, we battled on after WotC abandoned the s100 ban list, we battled on after WotC took away even our filter. We were the keepers of the flame, yet we the flames took on a life of their own in the end.
Lowman's message is a very nice ray of hope for the future.